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Ratner’s Deli received approval from the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday for the final permits it needs to open its doors on 3rd Street.
Tuesday’s ruling marked the end of a long city application process for Ratner’s, which included two appeals from members of the Beverly Wilshire Homes Association (BWHA). The BWHA claimed that Ratner’s did not have the parking required by the city’s zoning code, and that an illegal structure had been built on the site.
Benjamin Lee, owner of Ratner’s, said he is now working on remodeling the building, partly to remove an unpermitted storage unit that had been built in the 1970s. He hopes the deli will be open by November.
However, Lee’s fight to open the restaurant may not be over yet. According to Lee, Robert Cherno, whose appeal was denied by the city council on Tuesday, said in the council meeting that he would sue the city. Cherno did not return calls for comment from the Beverly Press.
Elizabeth Peterson, an expediter who has worked to help open Ratner’s and several other restaurants on 3rd Street, said only approximately 20 of the 400 cases she has worked on in Los Angeles have been appealed as far as the city council, and not one was appealed past that point. She said she is consulting with lawyers to see if a lawsuit against the city could further delay Ratner’s Deli from opening.
“I really think the city did an excellent job and did the right thing on this case,” Peterson said. “I’ve faced opposition on cases in other parts of the city, but I don’t think I’m going to do another case on that part of 3rd Street (between Fairfax Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard), at least for a while. It’s too difficult, and I don’t want to put anyone else through it. There aren’t many people that can endure it, financially and emotionally.”
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